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These five young female musicians deliver the kind of visceral, breathtaking wallop that more macho “punk” bands only wish they could inflict. The debut from L.A.’s Mika Miko is a real kick in the head to punkers young and old alike: how did they get the souls of X-Ray Spex, the Slits, and Essential Logic into their youthful selves? Although these women weren’t around when those bands set the tone for an entire genre of punk and post-punk, C.Y.S.L.A.B.F. will convince you it’s 1979 again. It’s a fantastic, hi-energy expression of controlled chaos, with shifting tempos, ricocheting guitar shrapnel, and a surprisingly tight rhythm section pushing Jennifer Clavin and Jenna Thornhill’s stabby vocals into various contortions. Layers of thick, grimy guitars and bruising drums aren’t the only efficient sounds at work: the buzzing synth on “See You There” is like an insect, unsettling and nerve-wracking, and the duelling saxophones on tracks like “The Dress” are dizzying. “Business Cats” twists and stomps to a frenetic faux-ska beat, and “Jogging Song” is a punk workout soundtrack. Remember to breathe!

Customer Reviews

pure punk aerobics

yes...the slits, xray specs, essential logic....i picture the girls in mika miko jumping on a mammothly large bed all the while wielding absurdly large scissors and making scraps of issues of 17 that are thrown at them by a bunch of jackass hot topic shoppers. perhaps one of them, too independent to jump on the bed with the others stands to the side and spits tiny daggers at a calcified wall mounted sculpture of anna nicole's right breast. this a very spirited punk band in the tradition of punk when it was new, before it was co-opted into a marketing strategy or a demographic. at times i did find myself wishing that the songs were more than sprints and would venture into longer pschedelic/narrative pieces. they have the IQ to pull it off, no question. perhaps as their stamina as a band increases. however, for pure punk aerobics, this band can do no wrong. jump on your bed and throw poignant detritus at the misogamist hegemony!


This album shows the world what music should really be; it should be fun. Oozing punk from every track, Mika Miko plays fast, aggressive, dancey, punk. With loud yelps and screams the singers bring energy while the bass lines make you wanna dance. Great album overall!

Avant Garde

Very similar to matchbox20 and lit's old stuff


Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

With a name that means "storytelling" in Japanese and influences that include Black Flag, the Necros, Reagan Youth, and Bad Brains, Los Angeles' thrashy-but-danceable Mika Miko feature Jessica and Jennifer Clavin, Jenna Thornhill, Michelle Suarez, and Kate Hall. Except for Hall, all of the ladies of Mika Miko played in Dead Banana Ladies, and various members played with other L.A. acts such as the Ride, Silver Daggers, and Slitwrists. Jessica Clavin and Hall both played in Wake Up SF, and when Mika...
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